MP wants ministry for overseas Jamaicans

GSAT awardee Shantae Stephenson gets a hug from south east
St Elizabeth MP Richard Parchment. Brian Wright receives an award for GSAT performance from
former member of Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Len

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Member of Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Richard Parchment is urging the establishment of a government ministry dedicated to overseas Jamaicans because of what he says is the value of that community to the economy. "The most money Jamaica earns is remittance ... Read More

Staff members and clients of RADA’s St Elizabeth branch observed a moment of silence to honour the late agriculture minister. Roger Clarke's gift of laughter
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A sombre mood gradually evolved to laughter and good cheer as board ... Read More

Another view of the property on Ward Avenue which Central Manchester MP Peter Bunting says should be developed as an ICT centre by December. Jobs, jobs, jobs!
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting says "hundreds, ... Read More

Students of Foga
Road High School
disembark the bus
inside the student
transportation area,
which is sited at the
old Police Station
property. Clarendon Parish Council proud of pilot school bus system
MAY PEN, Clarendon — The Clarendon Parish Council says its Safe School Bus Service initiative ... Read More

NCU leadership commit to standards and values

Monday, September 08, 2014    

Pastor Everett Brown, Chairman of the Board of Governors of Northern
Caribbean University, addresses the graduating class of 2014 at the
commencement on August 10.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Northern Caribbean University (NCU) leaders have pledged that the Seventh-day Adventist institution will remain competitive in a difficult economic environment even as it holds on to traditional moral, religious and ethical values. Addressing recent graduation ceremonies at the NCU's main campus here, Pastor Everett Brown head of the Seventh-day adventist Church in Jamaica and chairman of the NCU's board of governors, as well as NCU president Dr Trevor Gardner und ... Read More

Classic Cars on show

By Alicia Sutherland | Monday, September 08, 2014    

Men, women
and children
are enamoured
with this

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — For motor vehicle enthusiasts, Ultimate Classics at Brooks Park on Sunday August 31 was definitely a treat. The event, organised by Central Classic Car Club in association with Northern Caribbean University Media Group, gave patrons, including children, the opportunity to view over 100 cars on display from across the island and enjoy other forms of entertainment provided. A charitable element added for the fourth staging of the show will give a boost to the Mande ... Read More

Road improvement opens up Silver Grove

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 08, 2014    

The symbolic ribbon-cutting marks the
official opening of the rehabilitated road.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The recent rehabilitation of a road in Silver Grove North-West Manchester has not only made life less difficult for residents, but according to stakeholders, it has provided a platform for further development in the farming community. Funding at a cost of $4.6 million through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) made the improvements possible and an official road opening ceremony was used to mark the occasion on September 2. North-West Manche ... Read More

J'can to lead Adventist librarians association

Monday, September 08, 2014    

Grace Carr-Benjamin

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Career librarian and director of Library Services at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Grace Carr-Benjamin, MLIS, was recently elected president of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians (ASDAL). Carr-Benjamin was elected during a meeting of ASDAL in the United States. The association was established in 1981 to enhance communication between Seventh-day Adventist librarians and to promote librarianship and library services to church institutions. " ... Read More

Condolences, Roger

Monday, September 08, 2014    

A condolence book was opened last week at the offices of the St Elizabeth Parish Council for the late agriculture minister Roger Clarke. Clarke, a former Mayor of Black River died in Florida on Thursday, August 28 from what is believed to be a heart attack. He was at the airport awaiting a flight home following back surgery and rehab when he collapsed. Photos show Mayor of Black River and councillor for the Balaclava division Everton Fisher (PNP) at left and councillor for the Junction Divis ... Read More

PHOTO: Netball joy!

Monday, September 08, 2014    

Young women in Silent Hill and surrounding communities in north west Clarendon celebrated the recent opening of a multi-purpose sports complex with a netball game immediately after the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Sports Development Foundation spent $12.2 million to build the complex, complete with a football field, multi purpose courts and perimetre fencing. (PHOTO: GREGORY BENNETT) Netball joy! --> Read More

Race Course beat the rain

Monday, September 08, 2014    

A section of the crowd at SDC twenty20 cricket final at Alpart Sports Club.

Rain, which has been mostly absent in southern St Elizabeth over the last several months, came with a vengeance recently, cutting short the 2014 Social Development Commission's (SDC's) twenty20 cricket final at the Alpart Sports club. Still, there was enough time for Race Course of Clarendon to achieve victory over Old Harbour of St Catherine under the Duckworth Lewis method. A jubilant Race Course received $1.2 million for first prize while Old Harbour got $600,000. Race Course beat the rain ... Read More

Amputee farmer praises Food for the Poor

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Sunday Observer writer | Sunday, September 07, 2014    

Aston Smith, 60-year-old amputee from Arlington, St Elizabeth, stands before his new one-bedroom energy efficient house, which
he will officially accept from Food for the Poor on September 10.

ASTON Smith, a 60-year-old amputee farmer from Arlington, St Elizabeth, is expressing his gratitude and appreciation to Food for the Poor Jamaica for building him a new energy-efficient house. An elated Smith has been singing praises to Food for the Poor Jamaica since he was notified that he is one of the 40 recipients who will receive keys to a new house under the Father Tony Village Project by Food for the Poor Jamaica. The official handing over will take place on Wednesday, September 10 in ... Read More

Happy faces in Silent Hill as education, sports centres open

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 07, 2014    

Children test new computers at upgraded the Walders Run Early Childhood Institution.

SILENT HILL, Clarendon — Happy faces were everywhere as the people of this scenic North West Clarendon community hailed the formal opening recently of an upgraded Walders Run Early Childhood Institution and a connected multi-purpose sports complex. Surely though, none was more pleased than the teachers at the infant school. "We have really wanted this for years," said an elated Jennifer Douglas Seaton, who has taught at what used to be the Walders Run basic school for 16 years. She expl ... Read More

Disrespect, class bias cited in Mario Deane's death

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 31, 2014    

PRYCE... what happened to Mario Deane could easily have happened with me

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — For Raymond Pryce, the shocking death of 31-year-old Mario Deane after he was beaten in a St James lock-up reflected the disregard by some police personnel for ordinary people as well as the need to decriminalise ganja. Another youthful parliamentarian, Pryce's colleague and People's National Party (PNP) backbencher Dayton Campbell said that the tragedy underlined an even more fundamental problem. It was testament, he said, to deep-seated class divisions and a pre ... Read More



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